Economic Profile

St. Joseph County, branded the South Bend Region, is located in North Central Indiana, with a population of 267,618 people. The city of South Bend, population 101,190, is the economic and cultural hub of a multi-county, bi-state greater region, population 858,055 (seven counties), with a labor force of 415,426. South Bend also ranks as the fourth largest city in the state and is home to the iconic University of Notre Dame. Neighboring Mishawaka has one of the largest concentrations of retail stores in the state, and the entire region boasts affordable housing, over a dozen institutions of higher learning, easy transportation access and convenient commute times that average 20.2 minutes. Target industries include IT/data, logistics/warehousing and advanced manufacturing.

 

Business Environment

Gross Domestic Product 
  Mfg Total
South Bend Mishawaka MSA $ 2.794B  $ 13.337B 
Indiana $ 93.614B  $ 317.840B 

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2014

 
Annual Per Capita Income 
Annual Per Capita Income 2013
St. Joseph County  $40,433
Indiana  $39,578
United States  $46,049

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2014, (Published Q3 2015)

 

Indiana Taxes
 Tax Types %
Sales Tax 7.00% 
Flat Indiana Personal Adjusted
Gross Income Tax
3.40% 
Corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax (AGIT)


  6.50% 

 

County Income Tax – Resident 1.75% 
County Income Tax – Non-resident 0.74% 

Source: in.gov/dor

 

Employment
Jan. 2016
St. Joseph County 125,615
Unemployment Rate 5.1%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Regional Labor Force
 Counties Labor Force
1   St. Joseph (IN) 130,912
2   LaPorte 48,642
3   Starke 10,299
4   Marshall  24,078
5    Kosciusko 40,808
6    Elkhart  104,616
7    Cass (MI) 24,145
8    Berrien (MI) 73,687
9    Lake 231,350
10  Porter 83,829
11  Fulton 9,916
12  Noble 23,104
13  LaGrange  18,154
14  St. Joseph (MI) 29,460
15  Van Buren  34,006

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Released June 2016 (2015 Annual), U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

 

Labor Force Commuter Data

Labor force within 30 miles of South Bend 405,127

Labor force within 60 miles of South Bend 812,357

Source: Hoosiers by the Numbers, 2015

 

 

Major Employers
 Company Name  Industry # Employees 
University of Notre Dame Higher Education  5,802   
Beacon Health System Health Care  4,683   
South Bend Community School Corporation K-12 Public Schools  3,615   
Saint Joseph Health System Health Care  2,626   
Indiana University South Bend Higher Education  1,277   
City of South Bend   Government  1,139   
AM General Manufacturing   800   
Honeywell Manufacturing  700   
Press Ganey Health Care Measurement  694   
Liberty Mutual Insurance Insurance  650   

 Source: 2015, Company Provided & Hoovers

 

Employment by Industry
 Industry  % of Employment
  Mining/Logging  3.0%  
  Manufacturing   12.8% 
  Trade, Transportation, Utilities  18.4%  
  Government  11.2%  
  Leisure & Hospitality  9.3%  
  Education & Health Services 26.5% 
  Professional/Business Services   9.5% 
  Other Services   4.3% 
  Financial Activities   3.8%  
  Information  1.2%  

Source: Hoosiers by the Numbers, Nov. 2015

 

Demographics

Metropolitan Statistical Area

South Bend-Mishawaka ranks 154th out of the 392 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and includes St. Joseph County in Indiana and Cass County in Michigan. MSA population: 319,226.  
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Breakdown by Counties in South Bend Region & Surrounding Counties

 Counties 2014
Population
July 1 2010 to July, 2014
Population/Percent Change
1   St. Joseph (IN)  267,618  + 31.00%   
2   LaPorte  111,444  + 0.02%   
3   Starke  23,074  - 1.27%   
4   Marshall  47,107 0.21%   
5   Kosciusko 78,564 1.57%   
6   Elkhart  201,971  2.29%   
7   Cass (MI) 51,608  - 0.70%   
8   Berrien (MI) 155,233 - 1.00%   

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014

 

Population Breakdown by Diversity
             

81.1%
White

 13.2%
Black Alone 

8.2%
Hispanic
(Non-Hispanic 91.8%)

2.3%
Asian Alone

2.7%
2 or More
Race Groups

0.5%
American
Indian or Alaska Native Alone

0.1%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific
Islander

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, 2015

Population Breakdown by Gender, 2014
  • Male 48.5%
  • Female 51.5% 

Source: U. S. Census Bureau 

Population Age Breakdown
 Age Range U.S.  State County
Preschool, 0-4 6.0% 6.4% 6.5% 
5-17  17.0% 17.6% 17.5% 
18-24 10.o% 10.1% 11.1% 
25-44 26.0% 25.3% 24.9% 
45-64 27.0% 26.3% 25.7% 
65 & Over 14.0% 14.3% 14.3% 

Source: U. S. Census Bureau/Stats Indiana, 2014

 

Cost of Living Index
 City (MSA) Composite
South Bend Region 88.7     
Des Moines, IA 89.8     
Grand Rapids, MI 92.4     
Rockford, IL 92.1     
Springfield, MO 88.7     

Source: Cost of Living Index Report Quarter 4, 2015

 

 

Housing Costs

Median List Price of Existing Single-Family Homes
 Area Price
U.S. $ 98,000  
Indiana $ 142,000  
Akron, OH $ 110,700  
Cedar Rapids, IA $ 147,000  
Champaign-Urbana, IL $ 130,300  
Dayton, OH $ 112,500  
Fort Wayne, IN $ 109,500  
Grand Rapids, MI $ 136,900  
Peoria, IL $ 113,500  
St. Joseph County, IN $ 110,000  

Source: National Association of REALTORS, Q3 2015

 

Housing Costs for Communities Within St. Joseph County

Median List Price of Existing Single-Family Homes 

 Area Price
Granger $ 260,000  
Lakeville $ 170,000  
Mishawaka $ 89,200  
New Carlisle $ 145,000  
North Liberty $ 179,000  
South Bend $ 89,000  
Walkerton $ 115,000  

Source: Greater South Bend-Mishawaka Association of REALTORS, May 2016

 

Education

Colleges/Universities/Post-Secondary Institutions
with Enrollment (if provided/available) 
  • American National University - 60
  • Bethel College - 1,792 
  • Holy Cross College - 520
  • Indiana Tech South Bend 
  • Indiana University School of Medicine at Notre Dame - 352
  • Indiana University South Bend - 7,859
  • Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend Campus - 1,577 
  • Purdue Polytechnic South Bend - 160
  • Radiological Technologies University - 78
  • Regency Beauty Institute - 115
  • Ross Medical Education Center
  • Saint Mary’s College - 1,519 
  • Trine University School of Professional Studies - 75
  • University of Notre Dame - 12,179
  • WGU Indiana - online public university
Public School Systems
  • South Bend Community School Corp.
  • School City of Mishawaka
  • Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp.
  • John Glenn School Corp.
  • New Prairie United School Corp.
  • Union-North United School Corp.
Charter Schools
  • Career Academy of South Bend
  • Success Academy South Bend
  • Veritas Academy
  • Xavier School of Excellence
Private/Parochial
  • Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
  • City of South Bend Education
  • City of Mishawaka
  • Resurrection Lutheran Academy, South Bend, Ind.
  • The Stanley Clark School, South Bend, Ind.
  • Trinity School at Greenlawn, South Bend, Ind.
Educational Attainment 
St. Joseph County Indiana    U.S.
High School Diploma or Higher 88.4% 88.4%  86.9% 
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 27.2% 24.7%  30.1% 

Source: Stats Indiana, 2014

  

Transportation

Air: South Bend International Airport
Commercial Carriers: Allegiant, Delta, United 
Private: Atlantic Aviation, Corporate Wings
  • On average, more than 1,600 airline passengers travel through South Bend International Airport (SBN) every day.  SBN is a tri-modal airport with air, rail and bus lines. SBN offers 10 nonstop flights including:
    • Atlanta
    • Detroit
    • Chicago
    • New York City/Newark
    • Minneapolis
    • Las Vegas
    • Phoenix/Mesa
    • Orlando/Sanford
    • St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Tampa Bay
    • Punta Gorda/SW Florida
Transportation Services 2014
  • Airline Enplanements 314,300
  • Commuter Bus Passengers 34,394
  • Train Passengers 246,021
  • Total Aircraft Operations (Take Off and Landing) 34,913
  • Total Landed Weight 471,638,384
  • Total Cargo 27,717,111

  • Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and Airport Service Providers
  • Atlantic Aviation offers aircraft fueling, servicing, storage and charter services from their SBN location. The following is also available at this location: Internet café, interactive pilots lounge, state of the art conference room, full de-ice capabilities, large group charter and large aircraft ramp/hangar storage.

Source: flysbn.com

Other International Airports Nearby:
(Based on proximity to St. Joseph County)
  • Chicago Midway (Illinois) 96 miles
  • Fort Wayne International Airport (Indiana) 100 miles
  • Chicago O’Hare (Illinois) 114 miles
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (Grand Rapids, Michigan) 126 miles
  • Indianapolis International Airport (Indiana) 135 miles

Source: travelmath.com

Passenger Railway
  • Amtrak
  • South Shore Railroad
Freight Railway
  • Canadian National
  • CSX
  • Norfolk Southern
  • South Shore Freight

Source: in.gov/indot

Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor

Port Advantages

  • London Metal Exchange approved facility
  • Foreign-Trade Zone
  • 28-foot navigable depth

Port Facilities

  • 125,000 tons of liquid storage capacity
  • 90,000 sq. ft. inside storage for bulk cargo
  • 330,000 sq. ft. general cargo storage in 4 sheds
  • Climate controlled storage space
  • 55 acres paved lay-down storage area
  • 5550 feet of berthing areas
  • 7 cranes (185-ton capacity)
  • Ro-Ro dock
  • 85 acres available for industrial development

Premier Location

  • 18 nautical miles from Chicago
  • 30 miles from Chicago by land
  • 50 miles from South Bend
  • 1 day’s drive from 70% of U.S. market
  • Southernmost port on Short Sea Shipping route with Canada and Duluth

Source: portsofindiana.com

Intercity Bus Lines
  • Coach USA
  • Greyhound
  • Hoosier Ride
Intracity Bus Lines
  • Transpo
  • Transpo Access
    (Accommodations for the handicapped and elderly)

 

Location

St. Joseph County in North Central Indiana
  • Land Area = 457.85 square miles
  • Water Area = 3.54 square miles
  • Time Zone = Eastern
  • Area Code = (574)

Source: zoomprospector.com

Distance and Direction to Major Cities

  • Chicago, IL (west) 95 miles
  • Indianapolis, IN (south) 147 miles
  • Detroit, MI (northeast) 218 miles

Average Commute Times: 20.7 minutes

Source: US Census Bureau

 

Climate: Four Full Seasons: 2014

Average temperature 47.6°
Low temperature -14°
High temperature 91°
Total rainfall 41.44"
Total snowfall 98.7"

Source: National Weather Service

 

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